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Today, December 3rd

Good
Air quality for Cork

Primary pollutant: Ozone (O3): Ground-level ozone, like smog. Could worsen breathing issues for those with hay fever and asthma.

Cork Pollen Count is Low.

Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5)
Good (7.13 μg/m^3)
PM2.5 can irritate the respiratory tract, potentially intensifying allergic reactions on days with high pollen and PM2.5 levels.
Particulate Matter 10 (PM10)
Good (Good μg/m^3)
Unlike smaller particulates, PM10's interaction with mucous membranes can lead to immediate irritation, amplifying an allergic response.
Ozone (O₃)
Good (51.63 ppb)
Ozone, when inhaled, can cause direct oxidative damage to lung tissue. This can lead to inflammation, increasing the vulnerability of the respiratory tract to allergens such as pollen.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO₂)
Good (20.13 ppb)
Emitted primarily from vehicle exhausts and industrial combustion processes, NO₂ can intensify the body's inflammatory response, magnifying the severity of allergic symptoms.
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Very Unhealthy (17.19 ppm)
When CO binds with hemoglobin in the blood, it reduces oxygen supply, potentially intensifying fatigue and breathlessness.This may hinder quick recovery from allergic episodes.
Sulphur Dioxide (SO₂)
Good (Good ppb)
For those dealing with inflammatory effects of pollen allergies, direct inhalation of SO₂ can exacerbate symptoms, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.

* μg/m^3 = microgram per cubic meter

** ppb = parts per billion

*** ppm = parts per million

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